Personal Reflection: Why I Kneel for the Prayers

“The people kneel or stand.” – Book of Common Prayer, page 334

by Ninie Laing

Everyone should feel comfortable doing what seems appropriate for her own spiritual growth. I am a visual person, easily distracted by the scene around me. If I stand to pray with my eyes open, I am tempted to focus on my surroundings and not my inner dialogue with God.

Kneeling and with eyes closed, I can enter a different world and “see” as well as “hear” the word of God… at least sometimes.

Some say kneeling is more penitential and standing is more celebratory, but as long as we are faithful in our attitudes, does it really matter whether we kneel or not? I don’t think so.